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Construction taking shape at Wanneroo Road congestion hotspot

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Construction is off to a great start on the Wanneroo Road and Ocean Reef Road interchange, with progress now visible across a number of the site’s work zones.

The project is one of several underway to ease congestion in Perth’s busy northern suburbs.

It is one of 17 ‘Boosting Jobs, Busting Congestion’ projects launched by the WA Government and fully funded as part of the redirection of funds from the flawed Perth Freight Link project.

Earthworks in the north-east corner are underway for the bridge’s north-east loop ramp, which will be one of two loops with traffic signals connecting Wanneroo Road and Ocean Reef Road.

A new access road to Cockman House is almost complete, with only surfacing and kerbs to go. A U-turn facility is also near completion within the median on Wanneroo Road north of Villanova Street, which will improve safety and reduce the risk of right-angle crashes.

Other activities on site have included demolitions, clearing of shoulders and median strips, service relocations, and establishment of traffic management.

Construction of the bridge foundations and substructure will begin in November 2019, enabled by traffic being switched to a temporary roundabout and roads.

Historically, the intersection has been one of the most congested in the metropolitan area. It is also the 11th worst intersection for crashes, with 185 crashes occurring between 2014 and 2018.

The $64.8 million project is jointly funded by the Australian ($51.84 million) and State ($12.96 million) governments.

Construction commenced in March 2019 with completion expected in late 2020.

Source: WA Government

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